ECPA's Rush To PressBeloved Author Francine Rivers’s Bridge to Haven Achieves Bestseller Status in Release Week

Carol Stream, Ill.Bridge to Haven, Francine Rivers’s riveting and highly anticipated tale of temptation, grace, and unconditional love, released on April 22, 2014, from Tyndale House Publishers and quickly skyrocketed to bestseller standing. In its release week, the title debuted at #6 on the Publishers Weekly Bestsellers list (based on book sales data from Nielsen BookScan) and #18 on the New York Times Best Sellers List, both in the hardcover fiction category.

In her new novel, the highly acclaimed Rivers delivers big-canvas storytelling at its very best. Drawing from Ezekiel 16, Rivers reimagines the Prodigal Son parable in crafting this novel, set in iconic 1950s Hollywood. Her story is about Lena Scott, the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few people know her real name, her background, or the price she’s paid to finally feel like she’s somebody. But Pastor Ezekiel Freeman and his son, Joshua, know her well. When Zeke found her as an abandoned newborn under the bridge on the outskirts of Haven, he and his family took her in. They named her Abra and watched her grow into an exotic beauty. But they are painfully aware that the circumstances surrounding her birth have etched deep scars in her heart, leaving Abra vulnerable to the fast-talking charmer who lures her to Tinseltown.

In Hollywood, naive Abra quickly learns what is expected of an ambitious girl with stars in her eyes. Fame comes at an awful price, and Abra has burned every bridge to get exactly what she thought she wanted. Now all she wants is a way back home.

Francine Rivers crafts an enthralling and highly anticipated tale of longing for home, no matter how far we stray.

About the Author . . . New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers has published numerous novels—all bestsellers—and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for many honors, including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, and the Holt Medallion in Honor of Outstanding Literary Talent. In 1997, after winning her third RITA Award for inspirational fiction, Francine was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She and her husband, Rick, live in northern California. Visit Francine’s website at

Bridge to Haven, written by Francine Rivers. Tyndale House Publishers, April 22, 2014. ISBN 978-1-4143-6818-4 / Hardcover / $25.99 /

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